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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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EIGHT-HOUR LEGISLATION IS 1
BEFORE CONGRESS TO :
PASS TONIGHT
Washington, Sept. 1. Actual le
gislation intended to prevent the im
pending strike of 400,000 railroad
employes was put under way shortly
after noon today when the House
adopted a special rule under which
at 4:30 this afternoon it is proposed
to pass the Adamson 8-hour bill.
. The rule was not adopted without
objection, but the Democratic major
ity, held the debate to one hour. The
house debate on the Adamson bill it
self began almost simultaneously
-with' introduction into the senate of
the very similar senate interstate
commerce committee's bill for an 8
hour law. This had been perfected
during a recess granted to permit a
Republican conference.
Republican Representatives Len
root and Cooper, Wisconsin, were
heartily cheered by the Democrats
when they announced they would
vote not only for the special rule, but
the for Adamson bilL
"I dislike the attitude of haste,"
said Cooper, "but I object to the
charge by Representative Bennett,
New York, that the railroad men are
forcing the legislation 'with a gun
against the head of congress.' The
railroad employes did not bring this
case to congress. xThey are not try
ing to hold up congress. The presi
dent brought this case here. There
is no more law-abiding body of men
in the world than members of. the
four great brotherhoods."
"Shotgunyprocedure" is what Rep
reesntative Bennett called the notion
of the brotherhood leaders in saying
only an 8-hour law can prevent the
strike Monday.
"I don't believe this bill will pre
vent the strike. No one competent
i to speak has told us it would. I don't
think anyone really believes it will."
During spirited argument between
Chairman Adamson and Representa
tive Dennison, Illinois, the latter urg
d amendment to the bill' to provide
an 8-holr law for all employes en
gaged in interstate business.
President Wilson indicated to the
cabinet his firm belief that the 8
hour legislation before congress
would be passed by tonight This
was stated following the regular Fri
day meeting of the cabinet.
The president went to the office of
Chairman Newlands of the senate in
terstate "commerce committee and
went over with the latter the "strike
prevention" bill which Newlands
planned to introduce today. After
approving this he went immediately
to his rooms off the senate chamber.
KING OF GREECE ABDICATES
REVOLT SWEEPS COUNTRY
London, Sept. 1. Unconfirmed re
port received from Athens that King
Constantine had abdicated throne
and crown prince had been appointed
regent.
The report, if true, apparently
foreshadows Greece's entrance into
the war on the side of the allies. The
Greek army was demobilized several
months go,at the demand of the al
lies, after being in arms for many
months.
Revolution has broken out in sev
eral Greek cities.
The revolutionists surrounded the
Greek garrison at Lessi Kara Burnu,
which surrendered, and a revolution
ary committee is now administering
this part of Macedonia.
Three regiments of Greek troops
at Vodena have joined the revolu
tionists. o o
ILLINOIS TROOPS NEAR HOME
Dallas, Tex., Sept 1. Six troop
trains bearing the First and Second
-Illinois infantry, en route from the
border to Springfield, HI., passed
through here oyer ther Katy railroad
today.
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Sen. George Sutherland of Utah
was nominated for presidency of the
American Bar Ass'n today. Election,
this afternoon,
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